I went to an ECHL game last night. It was fun and affordable family entertainment. The quality of play was below that of the (now defunct) IHL in my opinion. More kids in this league, whereas the IHL had some veterans. I miss the Detroit Vipers. It's hard to identify with a team when the name doesn't start with "Detroit". I root for the Idaho team, but it just...doesn't seem to matter all that much. Kind of like I'm cheering for someone elses team. The game I watched last night was between the Idaho Steelheads and Victoria Salmon Kings. (Sounds kind of fishy, eh?). The other game I saw was against the Bakersfield Condors. So I'm thinking, "where the hell is Bakersfield and where is Victoria???" I guess Bakersfield is in California and Victoria is in Canada. My kid looked at me and asked "Why are they playing the Canadian national anthem?" I explained that we do this when playing teams from Canada. I then commented, and she agreed, that the Canadian national anthem is MUCH better than ours. It's beautiful. Now, I don't mean to be un-patriotic or tick anyone off but the Star spangled banner sounds...mundane. Now with that being said, I prefer "America (the beautiful) over both anthems and the Ray Charles rendition will bring goosebumps every time no matter how many times I hear it. Oh yeah, I saw three people with Red Wings Jerseys, but didn't get the chance to speak with them. They didn't know I was from Michigan, though, because I was sporting my Tampa Bay Lightning jersey. The arena is very intimate, and seats about 5,000. Oh yeah, bought my boy a Jersey. $90 bucks. Yeesh! If the damned labradoodle puppy (a 45 pound puppy!!!!) tries to tear it (and believe me he will if given the opportunity), the dog is HISTORY!!!